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Spaghetti Bolognese has got to be one of the easiest and tastiest quick meals on the planet – and I ALWAYS double the quantity so I can use the left over to make a super quick Lasagna within the next couple of days.

That way you get two dinners for the effort of one.  Cool eh!

This recipe will serve around 6 people and take about 10 minutes to prepare, then 30 minutes to cook.

Remember to double the quantities if you fancy making a quick Lasagna in a day or two.

…and if you haven’t got any of the ‘optional’ ingredients, just leave them out – it will still taste great with just the basic ingredients.

Spaghetti Bolognese


Here goes:-

Spaghetti Bolognese – Ingredients

  • 2 or 3 tablespoons oil (I use olive oil)
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 or 3 carrots diced
  • 1 or 2 sticks celery (optional) chopped small
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 500g / 1lb good quality beef mince
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree (optional)
  • Good few shakes of dried basil
  • Good few shakes of dried oregano/marjoram/thyme (all optional)
  • Couple of bay leaves (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 800g / 30 oz tin of diced tomatoes
  • Grated Parmesan cheese to serve

Spaghetti Bolognese – Method

  1. Gently fry the onion, carrots and celery in the oil until soft
  2. Add the crushed garlic and stir for another minute
  3. Add the mince and stir until browned
  4. Add everything else and stir well
  5. Bring to the boil and simmer for around 30 minutes with the lid off, stirring occasionally

Serving Suggestions

  • No points for you if you guessed …serve with spaghetti
  • Try other pastas too – tips on cooking pasta
  • Serve with grated Parmesan cheese
  • Spag Bol is also nice served with boiled rice – tips on cooking rice
  • Garlic bread goes wonderfully served with Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Using thawed frozen pastry make bolognese samosas – nice!


  • For a more traditional Spaghetti Bolognese use 50/50 beef mince and pork mince
  • I sometimes like to add sliced mushrooms – fresh or from a tin
  • Chopped capsicum (any colour) is also a nice addition
  • Try adding 250ml of white or red wine after browning the mince – bring to the boil and reduce the liquid/wine by at least half – stirring occasionally
  • Of course you can use fresh tomatoes if you have them – I leave the skin on
  • You can use fresh herbs too

What did I tell you.  Spaghetti Bolognese is simple to make – and super tasty to eat.

Thank you for visiting my website.  You can leave comments and suggestions below.

Jan Littlehales

5 Responses to “Spaghetti Bolognese – in Ten Minutes”

  1. Lina Nguyen says:

    You are an Efficiency Cook (and Household Manager) in action! Love the idea of using leftover Spaghetti Bolognese for Lasagne In Ten Minutes. Another benefit to these super-easy pasta dishes, is that they’re great to freeze and stock-up.

    I love this recipe, as a new mum with a baby at home 🙂


  2. John Davis says:

    Hello Jan,
    You guessed right. Spaghetti Bolognese is so popular.
    Must enjoy it again shortly with this new variation of recipe.

  3. Hilary says:

    Always good to have the ever faithful Spaghetti Bolognese on hand. It’s one of those that I know my children will eat, and the great thing is, I can throw in whatever vegetables I have :).

  4. Harry Lynn says:

    G’day Jan,
    Do not know how you do these quickie dishes. I quite like to cook but seem to take forever to get the job done. Your 10 minute prep would take me ages. I love the idea of extra vegetables grated and /or diced. Bolognaise is really cool on brown rice [ the only REAL rice ]

    Bon Appetit

  5. I love having spaghetti bolognese for tea as it really fills everyone up. I cheat though and usually put a bottled sauce in with mince but this ten minute recipe sounds so easy and you know exactly whats in it. A whole lot healthier.

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